Groups contend that law violates First Amendment

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Two trade groups representing video game makers filed a lawsuit Monday seeking to overturn the recently passed California law banning the sale or rental of violent video games to minors.

The Video Software Dealers Assn. and Entertainment Software Assn. contend the law is unconstitutional and violates First Amendment free speech rights, according to the suit filed in federal court in San Jose.

The suit names Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who signed the bill earlier this month, state Attorney General Bill Lockyer and other local officials.

The law, which goes into effect Jan. 1, bans retailers from selling or renting violent video games to those 17 and under, imposes a $1,000 fine on violators and mandates stricter product labeling.

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